Updating a previous report, Kat O'Brien, of Newsday, reports New York Yankees catcher Jorge Posada (shoulder) said he will be placed on the 15-day disabled list. "I'm going on the DL," Posada said. "It's not getting any better." He wants to be examined by Dr. James Andrews to see what is wrong with his shoulder.
Posada has been bothered by this shoulder injury since the start of the season. He served as the designated hitter in seven of his 18 games because he could swing a bat even while being unable to throw. Despite the injury, Posada had been hitting the ball well; he is batting .302 with one home run and 11 RBIs. He was able to catch some games recently, but being scratched from the lineup Sunday, April 27, was the final straw. This will be Posada's first trip to the disabled list in his 14-year career.
Last season, Posada again put up terrific numbers for a catcher, finishing the season with a .338 average with 20 home runs and 90 RBIs in 144 games. He has been a pretty consistent performer of the last several years. He has hit at least 20 home runs in seven of the last eight seasons and has driven in at least 90 runs in five of the last seven seasons.
From a fantasy perspective, Posada's loss is a big blow to fantasy owners because he is one of the best fantasy catchers in the game. It is not known yet how severe the injury is or how long he will be out for, so owners will have to pay attention to his situation - especially what Dr. Andrews says about the injury. Fantasy owners will have to wait until he becomes eligible for a fantasy DL spot in their leagues, which likely will happen within the next few days.
Posada's replacement will be catcher Jose Molina, who had battled a hamstring injury in mid-April but was able to return to action. Molina is hitting .286 with zero home runs and two RBIs this season. He has some value in AL-only leagues because of the lineup he is in, but he shouldn't be touched in mixed leagues unless you're desperate.
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Piotrowski has been a Hot Off the Wire analyst since 2007.
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